SL-1200G Grand Class Direct Drive Turntable System (Silver). Also available in black as SL-1210G.
The flagship in the iconic 1200 series, the Technics SL-1200G turntable sets an incredibly high standard standard. While it looks familiar on the outside to previous generations, only the dust cover remains the same — every other component on the inside has been redeveloped to create the highest performance direct-drive turntable.
The SL-1200G combines Technics' traditional analogue technology and progressive digital technology, while redesigning parts throughout. Its outstanding performance has rocked the hi-fi market and redefined the reference for direct-drive turntables.
This turntable has redefined vinyl playback standards thanks to the newly developed iron-coreless direct drive motor, eliminating unwanted “cogging”, thus enabling a new level of rotational stability.
Together with evolutionary improvements in the fields of tonearm, platter and chassis construction, the SL-1200G has made its way out of pure DJ usage towards the audiophile market with its high-quality integrity, accuracy and musical enjoyment.
Simply add your choice of the finest pickup cartridges available for truly emotional, highly inspiring vinyl playback.
Coreless direct drive eliminates cogging and achieves smooth rotation
- The twin-rotor construction reduces minute vibration during rotation while maintaining high torque.
The high-precision motor control technology switches the drive mode depending on the operational status of the motor. This technology combines high torque with high stability.
Tonearm with high-precision bearings achieves high initial-motion sensitivity
- The tonearm pipe employs magnesium which provides high rigidity.
- The use of traditional Technics gimbal suspension construction and high-precision bearings attains high initial-motion sensitivity.
Three-layered turntable delivers smooth rotational stability
- The turntable has a three-layered construction with a rigidly combined brass and aluminium diecast platter, and a rubber covering its rear surface to eliminate unnecessary resonance. With this construction, high rigidity and vibration damping are achieved.
- The use of a heavyweight-class turntable generates a large inertial mass. It delivers smooth rotational stability.
Four-layered cabinet construction and insulators based on thorough anti-vibration design
- The top panel of immaculate aluminum has been added to the three-layered construction of aluminum diecast, BMC, and heavyweight- class rubber. This four-layered construction combines high rigidity with a high quality finish and feel.
- The insulators employ special silicon rubber to ensure high vibration damping and long- term reliability. They completely dampen external vibration and suppress howling noise.
The use of brass-milled and gold-plated terminals prevents degradation in sound quality.
- Inside the case, metal shielding construction is used to diminish the effects of external noise.
Highly accurate turntable speed maintained with pitch control
- The digital control method is adopted to achieve constant pitch control.
- A pitch variable range select button (×2) is provided, allowing for pitch control with a range up to ±16 %.
Iron Coreless Direct-Drive Motor
Direct drive turntable systems have been beloved by Hi-Fi enthusiasts since their introduction by Technics in 1970. However, one problem that direct-drive systems have always faced was the possibility of sound quality degradations caused by ‘cogging’, or tiny vibrations of the motor and rotational speed fluctuations.
By combining the knowledge and expertise gained as the originator of direct-drive turntable systems with a newly developed coreless direct-drive motor without an iron core, this ‘cogging’ can be eliminated. Any potential minute motor vibrations are suppressed even further by high-precision rotary positioning sensors guided by a microprocessor controlled system in the SL-1200G.
High-precision Motor Control technology
The rotation control, which verifies and corrects the precision of the motor, uses the latest motor control technology cultivated in the development of Panasonic Blu-ray disc devices. Sine waves stored in ROM are used for the control waveforms at constant speed, and this achieves smoother and more stable rotation compared with using the simple sine wave generation with an external coil as in the conventional SL-1200MK5.
SL-1200G aims to provide the smoothest possible rotary control by the use of an encoder at the bottom of the motor which detects the precise rotating angle. Furthermore, twin rotator construction reduces the bearing load while maintaining high torque and also limits minute vibration during rotation making it possible to reproduce the warm sound and subtle nuances of musical expression engraved in the analogue record grooves and craved by vinyl lovers.
Three-layered Turntable Platter
The platter has three-layered construction consisting of a rigidly combined heavyweight brass top surface, aluminum die-cast center and a deadening rubber material covering its bottom surface. This eliminates unnecessary resonance, achieving high rigidity and vibration damping. The smooth rotational stability and inertial mass even surpasses the legendary Technics SP-10MK2, the direct-drive turntable standard used in the past by broadcast stations worldwide.
High-level Balance Adjustment
When the weight distribution of the turntable is uneven, excess vibration or noise occurs during rotation, which causes degradation in sound quality. Therefore, the balance of the turntable is adjusted at the factory by using specialized high-precision balance adjustment equipment for each and every item after the turntable is assembled. Turntables that have undergone adjustment are individually labelled with a sticker at the factory to indicate that adjustment has been done.
Highly Sensitive, Damping Tonearm
The tonearm employs lightweight magnesium which has a high damping effect, with cold drawing improving the characteristics of the material and achieving the high-precision required.
In addition, high initial-motion sensitivity is attained by employing the traditional Technics gimbal suspension construction with horizontal rotation axis and the vertical rotation axis intersecting at a single central point, as well as high-precision bearings using a cut-processed housing.
Four-layered Cabinet Construction
10-mm-thick top panel of immaculate aluminum has been added to the previous three-layered construction of aluminum die cast, Bulk Moulding Compound (BMC) and heavyweight-class rubber. This four-layered construction combines high rigidity to reduce resonance with a premium finish and feel.
The use of brass-milled, gold-plated phono terminals and ground terminals prevent degradation in sound quality while enabling the easy attaching and detaching of cables.
The use of metal shielding construction inside the case also reduces the effects of external noise.
Type Direct Drive Manual Turntable
Turntable Speeds 33 1/3, 45, 78 rpm
Adjust Range ±8 %, ±16 %
Starting Torque 3.3 kg･cm (2.8 lb-in)
Build-up Characteristics 0.7 s. from Standstill to 33-1/3 r/min
Wow And Flutter 0.025% W.R.M.S. (JIS C5521)
Rumble 78 dB (IEC 98A weighted)
Turntable Platter Brass and Aluminum diecast combined, Diameter：332mm (13-5/64"), Weight：About 3.6kg (7 15/16 lb) (Including rubber sheet)
Type Universal Static Balance
Effective Length 230 mm (9-1/16")
Overhang 15 mm (19/32")
Tracking Error Angle Within 2° 32' (at the outer groove of 30 cm record), Within 0° 32' (at the inner groove of 30 cm record)
Offset Angle 22°
Arm-height Adjustment Range 0 - 6 mm
Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range 0 - 4 g (Direct Reading)
Head Shell Weight Approx. 7.6 g
Applicable Cartridge Weight Range
(without auxiliary weight)
5.6 - 12.0g
14.3 - 20.7g (including headshell)
(with small auxiliary weight)
10.0 - 16.4g
18.7 - 25.1g (including headshell)
(with large auxiliary weight)
14.3 - 19.8g
23.0 - 28.5g (including headshell)
Cartridge Mounting Dimension JIS 12.7 mm (1/2") interval
Head Shell Terminal Lug 1.2 mmφ 4-pin terminal lug
Power Supply AC 110-240 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption 14 W Approx. 0.2W (Standby)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 453 x 173 x 372 mm (17-27/32 x 6-13/16 x 14-21/32 inch)
Weight Approx. 18 kg (Approx. 39.7lbs)
Accessories Turntable, Turntable sheet, Dust cover, EP record adaptor, Balance weight, Auxiliary weight(S), Auxiliary weight(L), Head shell, Overhang gauge, Screw set for cartridge, PHONO cable, PHONO earth lead, AC power supply cord, Screw set for turntable, Owner's Manual (cartridge not included)